German shepherd

Intelligent and obedient, suitable for many types of work

The German Shepherd is a medium to large-sized dog breed that first appeared in Germany. Over the years German shepherds became popular for many types of work ranging from acting to military work. German Shepherds are well suited to compete in shows, trials etc.

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Group 1 herding dogs, Section 1 sheepdogs #166 #166a (long-haired) #166b (short-haired)


Obedient, Intelligent, Alert, Curious, Loyal, Confident, Watchful, Courageous


Black, Black & Tan, Sable, Red & Black, Grey, Black & Silver


Male: 30–40 kg, Female: 22–32 kg


Male: 60–65 cm, Female: 55–60 cm

iconLife expectancy:

from 9 to 13 years

German shepherd’s puppies

The German Shepherd dogs are pack animals. They need a stern leader that will provide guidance. German Shepherd is a social animal, training him in order to socialize with other people and animals is vital. Give commands only once and be consistent in your actions.  Reward good behaviours and be patient with your dog. Provide your dog with the required mental and physical stimulation to ensure healthy development. German Shepherds are genetically predisposed to canine hip dysplasia - an orthopaedic condition resulting from abnormal development of the hip joint. CHD may cause pain, inflammation and even osteoarthritis of the joint. There is a good chance of preventing the condition by limiting the amount of jumping and rough play and keeping puppies on a healthy diet. It is best to choose dry food containing glucosamine and chondroitin for this breed - Valp Maxi will be a great choice.

German shepherd’s nutrition

Since German Shepherds are predisposed to a variety of skeletal disorders, a well-balanced diet is essential to ensure proper growth and health of the animal. German Shepherds should be fed with a diet designed for large breeds (e.g. Optimal Giant in Husse range), but it is important to monitor energy levels on all stages of growth. Calcium and phosphorus levels have to be properly balanced since they greatly influence the skeletal system. The supplementation of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can aid in decreasing the symptoms of osteoarthritis in German Shepherds. Supplements containing chondroitin and glucosamine can be beneficial in support of this breed’s skeletal conditions (Artro Plus from our range).

Recommended for German Shepherd puppies:

Valp Maxi | Balanced nutrition for puppies & mother dogs of large breeds

Valp Maxi contains glucosamine to support healthy growth of the puppy’s joints and bones, with larger kibble size adapted for the jaws of large and giant breed puppies.
Breed size: Large breeds
Protein: 29.0% (81% animal protein of total protein content)
Fat content: 18.0%
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Recommended for German Shepherd adults:

Optimal Giant | Balanced dry food for dogs of large breeds

Optimal Giant is suitable for adult large or giant breeds with normal energy requirements. Contains glucosamine to support healthy joints and bones. Kibble size is adapted for the jaws of large and giant breeds to support mechanical cleaning of the teeth.
Breed size: Large breeds
Protein: 23.5% (71% animal protein of total protein content)
Fat content: 13.0%
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Sensitive Digest Giant | Hypoallergenic dry food for large breed dogs with digestive sensitivities

Digest Giant is a gluten free product with limited sources of animal protein, suitable for dogs that suffer from allergies and/or sensitive digestive systems. Contains glucosamine to support joint health and has an adapted kibble size for the jaws of large and giant breeds.
Breed size: Large breeds
Protein: 24.0% (73.5% animal protein of total protein content)
Fat content: 14.0%
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Detailed description of German Shepherd

German Shepherd is classified as a medium to a large-size dog. For this particular breed, the standard height at the withers is roughly 60cm. German Shepherds are strong and muscular and typically longer than they are tall. These strong and intelligent dogs can be seen working as disability assistance or take up police or military roles.


In the early 19th century German Shepherd was developed as a herding dog for herding sheep across Germany. It is believed that a few different European types of herding dogs were used to create the modern German Shepherd in 1899. Used commonly by German soldiers, they gained popularity across Europe. After World War I ended the breed gained international recognition.


This breed has a long muzzle, black nose and strong jaws. Ears are large, pointed and standing straight up. German Shepherd has a long neck and a bushy long tail. The fur is dense with a thick undercoat. Fur can be kept medium or long, both variants are acceptable. Usually, black and tan or black and red combinations of fur colours are seen.  In most colour variations a black mask is present.


German Shepherd is a breed characterised primarily by its intelligence. This breed is willing to learn and has a strong need to have a purpose. German Shepherd is curious but at the same time cautious of strangers, which makes it perfect for guarding purposes. Loyal and social, can become overprotective of their territory and family, if not socialised correctly as pups. Thanks to its obedience German Shepherd is well suited for skill-learning and many types of training, which makes it an excellent working dog.


As a breed developed as a working animal, German Shepherds require a lot of physical stimulation. Since German Shepherds are predisposed to a variety of skeletal disorders, excessive amounts of jumping should be avoided. Proper nutrition is a key component in keeping dogs of this breed in good health.

Daily care

German Shepherd’s dense fur requires brushing at least twice a week or every day during heavy shedding season in spring and autumn. It will help reduce shedding and potential matting of the fur. In warmer months check regularly for fleas and ticks. Just like most dogs, German Shepherd does not need to be bathed more than a few times in a year. Since this breed has a particularly thick coat, drying may take several hours. Remember to never brush your dog’s fur when wet.

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Grain and Gluten free - Recommended for German Shepherd

Opus Ocean, 2kg - Husse Natural Complete Adult Dry Dog Food Salmon Grain-Free Hypoallergenic

Rich in animal protein & fat to fuel your dog's active lifestyle


Opus Farm, 12kg - Husse Natural Complete Adult Dry Dog Food Chicken & Potatoe Grain-Free Hypoallergenic

Rich in animal protein & fat to fuel your dog's active lifestyle


Valp Farm, 12kg - Husse Natural Complete Puppy Dry Dog Food Chicken & Potatoe Grain-Free Hypoallergenic

With psyllium, fructo-oligosaccharides & vegetable fibres for smooth digestion


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